My Hasselblad at the beach

I got my film back from the lab, scanned the negatives and removed the dust spots. Removing the dust spots and stray hairs is so tedious. I have a filter running in my office, I clean the negatives and the scanner bed, then I blow off the negatives and the scanner just before I lay down the negatives, but I still get dust. Oh well. I finished working on the photos I took at Cape Kiwanda with my Hasselblad so thought I’d share them today. I still need to work on the photos I took with my pinhole and Holga PAN cameras so those will come later. We are supposed to get rain this week in Portland so that could keep me inside a bit more and give me more time in front of the computer.



I hit the beach each morning before sunrise which meant being up at 4:30 in the morning. The benefit was that I almost had the beach to myself. The only other people out this early, and they really didn’t join me until 6:00, were the boarders and the fishermen. Low tide was also around 4 so I was able to walk among the rocks and check out the starfish and other sea creatures. Add the still air and blue skies and the mornings were just about perfect.




I really like Cape Kiwanda. The beach isn’t crowded. There are dunes and rocks to climb. Colorful starfish to find. And from the time I pull out of my garage and am parking my car at the beach…….80 minutes. I am planning many more visits this year.


(all these photos were taken with my 1976 Hasselblad 500 CM with Kodak Portra 160 film. I scan on an Epson Perfection V700


About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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2 Responses to My Hasselblad at the beach

  1. Fred Stillings says:

    Pretty images, must be lovely to have a usually crowded area to yourself! Dust and scanning: hate it! on my Epson 700 it is almost impossible to get a decent image file without a ton of retouching….and one of the reasons I shoot film is to NOT be in front of a computer. An option is a dedicated film scanner like the ones from Nikon. I have an older one and they work great. Cons are that they are very slow and expensive. If you really need a great perfect scan (say for a big print) you can always pay for a drum scan. Danny Burk and Lenny Eiger do great work…huge detailed files….and already retouched!

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